Tipton debuts private label collection

Last year, Project Runway alum Ashley Nell Tipton launched a clothing collection with JCPenney. This year, the designer is breaking out on her own.

According to InStyle, Tipton just launched her own namesake private label collection, complete with 14 pieces that are just as vivacious as she is. While InStyle says the line largely consists of “essentials” like shirt-dresses and bodysuits (that come in a standard solid and happy floral prints), it also is home to bolder styles, like “sheer full skirts, graphic dresses and of-the-moment biker shorts with lace trim.”

But what kind of collection would this be if it didn’t include accessories? That’s why InStyle says Tipton also designed three different eyewear styles, along with 24 wide-fit jewelry pieces that make for easy accessorizing with any outfit.

With so much wonderful in one collection, it’s hard to think it could get any better — but then comes the price and size range. With InStyle reporting that the line spans $24 to $99 and offers sizes 1X through 5x, it’s hard to beat what Tipton is offering.

Click here to check out the line for yourself!

Ross debuts new JCP collection

It’s been a long time since J.C.Penney has been at the top of shoppers’ list of favorite stores; with CNBC reporting slashed profit and sales forecasts, shares falling by 20 percent and heavy product discounting, things haven’t exactly been looking great for the department store.

And then came Tracee Ellis Ross.

The Black-ish star recently launched a brand-new collection with JCP that includes everything from apparel to accessories to home furnishings, according to Glamour. The 45-piece collection is also incredibly accessible, with Racked reporting that the max price tag throughout the entire collection is $74, not to mention all apparel pieces come in sizes ranging from small to 3X.

The partnership may be exactly what the store needs, considering its accessibility and price range, not to mention Ross’s personal mission for the collaboration.

“It was the most perfect partnership,” she said, according to Racked. “I really believe that style and looking great does not have to expensive, and I really believe that women are beautiful in all shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. It was really important for me to design a collection of clothes that can be both your armor and your joy at the same time.”

Ready to shop the line? It’s already available in stores and online!

JCPenney says ‘Here I Am’ with new plus line

In February 2015, Target launched their in-house plus-size clothing line, Ava & Viv, a decision that was meant to fill a void within the retailer’s clothing options while also promoting a body-positive outlook. Now, JCPenney is following suit with a plus line of their own, and their brand’s campaign is already garnering much attention.

According to Cosmopolitan, JCPenney’s new plus line, “Here I Am,” just released a stunning new commercial promoting the brand, filled with the some of the most recognizable names in pop culture. From fashion blogger GabiFresh to musician Mary Lambert to Project Runway alum Ashley Nell Tipton (who, according to Cosmo, is designing clothing for the retailer), the poignant video ad promotes fierce body positivity and unconditional self-love.

Each woman featured in the video shares her experience in being “plus-sized,” often detailing the ways in which she has been treated growing up because of her size.

“Would my life be better if I were thinner?” author and body-positivity advocate Jes Baker asked in the opening frame of the ad. “No. But it would be better if I wasn’t treated so poorly because I’m not,” she said as she answered her own question, later revealing that she was called “Hippo” growing up because of her size.

Tipton shared that she was a “target for people to make fun of or bash,” which made her ask herself, “What was wrong with me? Why was I so different?”

After each woman shared her story,  Tipton’ statement that “The only person that should be defining me is me” ushered in a change in tone, with the video abruptly turning from heartbreak to a celebration of their unique bodies and inherent beauty.

The ad then shows each women doing what she loves — whether it be practicing yoga, designing clothes, posing for pictures, dancing or rock climbing, these women prove that living a full life is not inhibited by size.

Mary Lambert succinctly sums up the theme of the ad toward its conclusion, saying, “My size isn’t an indication of my worth.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Take Her Look [For Less]

With the holiday season officially upon us, it is now acceptable to start wearing seasonal colors. And actress Lupita Nyong’o did just that on a recent outing in New York City.

Spotted out and about on a chilly day in the city, Nyong’o sported a bright green cable-knit sweater by Ralph Lauren, says The Daily Mail, which she paired with a black skater skirt, black tights, black pumps and a black wool fedora. Nyong’o polished off her chic look with aviator frames and an eye-catching blue satchel to rival her bright green top.

Although Nyong’o’s sweater has us green with envy, we can’t say the same about its price. This cashmere cable-knit style, courtesy of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label collection, rings up at a lofty $750. While we think cashmere is always a good idea, we also think we can recreate this entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a sweater in a hue just as bright as this Ralph Lauren number was no easy task, but the Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater from JCPenney was a good substitute. Done in an equally eye-catching lime green, this sweater’s stitching mimics the classic cable-knit style but does so with a more modern, geometric pattern. The best part — its original price is only $54.


The Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater, found on JCPenney.com.

You’ll need a cute skater skirt to tuck your sweater into, and there’s no better skirt for the job than the Evelyn Scuba Skirt from Tobi. Featuring similar box pleats, this skirt will easily pass for Nyong’o’s style, but will only cost you an affordable $30.

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The Evelyn Scuba Skirt, found on Tobi.com.

Top off your look with a matching fedora — the Small-Brim Wool Fedora from Forever 21, to be exact. This fedora will replicate Nyong’o’s style for only $22.90.

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The Small-Brim Wool Fedora, found on Forever21.com.

As if one pop of color weren’t enough, you’ll have to add this bright blue Merona satchel from Target to your outfit to achieve her total look. Featuring a hue and hardware similar to Nyong’o’s bag, this satchel will add both color and functionality to your outfit for only $39.99.

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The Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Crossbody Strap, found on Target.com.

No look is complete without a good high heel, and the Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump from DSW is just the shoe to cap off our look for less. Done in a pointed-toe silhouette with the toe-box opening cut straight across the foot, this heel has all the features reminiscent of Nyong’o’s heels with an extra detail at the heel. These pumps, however, will only set you back $39.95.

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The Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump, found on DSW.com.

Lupita Nyong’o’s New York City chic look may cost upwards of $750, but you can steal the star’s style for only $186.84. Wear it with some opaque black tights and your favorite pair of aviators, and you’ll have successfully taken Nyong’o’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!